Using spatial data to analyze migration and employment in Malawi

Geographic information systems, or GIS, is not exactly a new concept, but there are plenty of missed opportunities to use spatial data to fill data gaps or to provide non-biased results (due to the presence of spatial autocorrelation and heterogeneity) on a variety of research topics. But first—what exactly is geospatial data? Geospatial data identifies >> Read more

Harnessing markets for improved nutrition

Hunger and undernutrition are long standing problems that are difficult to address in Malawi. Can markets be leveraged­—linking producers to consumers and delivering nutrient-dense food—to improve nutrition and food security, especially of the poor? Preliminary results from a recent study, “Harnessing markets for improved nutrition: A Case Study of Zomba,” were presented by Noora-Lisa Aberman >> Read more

Malawi GHI 2016: Sustaining Progress through a Time of Crisis

The Global Hunger Index (GHI) is a tool designed to comprehensively measure and track hunger globally, regionally, and by country. Each year the GHI is calculated and used to assess progress. By calling attention to the issue, we hope that the GHI will trigger action to reduce hunger in Malawi and around the world. This year’s >> Read more

The Food-Energy-Water Security Nexus: Policy Dialogue Workshop

Food security, energy and water constitute basic needs of households. Commonly, interventions of policymakers or other stakeholders which target the necessities of households only focus on one of these needs. However, the supply of food, energy and water depends on a complex and interrelating system of natural resources. The Food Security-Energy-Water (FEW) Nexus project has >> Read more

MoIT Dissemination Workshop on Export Bans and Minimum Farm Gate Prices

How can Malawi’s trade and export policies on agricultural products best support dual goals of food security and growth in the agriculture sector? Exploring this important topic, IFPRI presented research results at a “Dissemination Workshop on Export Bans and Minimum Farm Gate Prices Study” organized by the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT), at the >> Read more

Special seminar by Prof. David Canning: The Demographic Dividend in Africa: Does it Apply to Malawi?

On 5 August 2016 IFPRI-Malawi held a special seminar by Professor David Canning (Professor of Population Science and Professor of Economic & Public Health at Harvard University’s Chan School of Public Health) entitled “The Demographic Dividend in Africa: Does it apply to Malawi?” Professor Canning presented on the components of population growth, new views on >> Read more

Malawi Land Symposium Event: Report available

The National Land Symposium on “Complexities of Land Issues in Malawi and their Implications for Agricultural Commercialization” is one of the activities carried out under the policy communication component of the New Alliance Policy Acceleration Support: Malawi Project (NAPAS: Malawi). The symposium was held on 20 April 2016 at the Bingu International Conference Center in >> Read more

Compact2015 Malawi Roundtable Discussion: reports available

In the coming lean season Malawi is likely to face its largest humanitarian crisis of the decade. This dire situation raises the question of what must be done to protect the most vulnerable from the lasting effects of acute undernutrition, as well as how to sustainably address chronic hunger and undernutrition in this country. Compact2025, >> Read more

Compact 2025 Initiative to hold Roundtable Discussion in Malawi

In the coming year Malawi is likely to face its largest humanitarian crisis of the decade. This dire situation, in spite of continued action by government and development partners, raises the question of what must be done to sustainably address hunger and undernutrition in this country. A new IFPRI initiative attempts to answer this question. >> Read more

Maize markets symposium: event report & recommendations

On 1 October 2015, IFPRI, with support from a multi-partner planning committee, held a high-level event to explore the evidence on best practices for improving the functionality of staple food markets. Technical presentations from IFPRI, FAO, the World Bank, and IAPRI laid out evidence on the topic. Stakeholder discussions then reflected on the current realities >> Read more